Encyclopedia of Fable

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The Encyclopedia of Fable explores the regional and formal traditions that make up this rich, folk-created canon, as well as fables by literary masters such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Kipling, Rumi, and Goethe. The author recounts and explores the context of classic stories of foolish errors, social blunders, and personal overreaching by the world's favorite rascals and dolts: Anansi, Till Eulenspiegel, Brer Bear, Ysengrim, Simple, El-ahrairah, and Chauntecleer. She also examines trickster lore, cruelty jokes, admonitory tales, allegories, fabliaux, and pourquoi stories and analyzes an armload of classic fables including Aesop's fables, Animal Farm, the Brer Rabbit tales, the Canterbury Tales, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the fables of Marie de France, Old Man Coyote stories, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", A Thousand and One Nights, and Watership Down.

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Mary Ellen Snodgrass was born on February 29, 1944 in Wlimington, North Carolina. She is an award-winning author of textbooks and general reference works, and a former columnist for the Charlotte Observer. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University, and holds degrees in English, Latin, psychology, and education of gifted children. She teaches English and Latin at Lenoir Rhyne University. In addition to her membership on the North Carolina Library Board, she serves the N.C. Humanities Commission as a traveling lecturer. She has also held jobs as a freelance writer for the Charlotte Observer along with being a columnist, and book reviewer for them. She has also worked on the Canadian Medical Association Journal, American Guidance Service, American Reference Books Annual and Cliffs Notes along with being a professor of Latin and English, Lenoir Rhyne University, 2008-2010. Her works include Michel Faber and Feminism: The Neo-Gothic Novel, Leslie Marmon Silko, The Civil War Era and Reconstruction: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, and World Food.

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